London Walking Tours – With Richard Jones
Welcome to the London walks of author, broadcaster and fully qualified Blue Badge Guide Richard Jones, who offers you one of the best and most entertaining ways to discover one of the world’s most fascinating and historic cities.
Richard Jones’ tours are ideal for those who want to really get to know the City and who want to look beyond the crowded tourist routes and be able to explore and discover the real London.
Touring with Richard will enable you to leave behind the teeming thoroughfares of the 21st century and be transported back to the streets of bygone London.
Here you can be toured around the hidden courtyards, the narrow alleyways, the tucked away passageways and the ancient buildings where history was made and where time, well and truly, stands still.
In short you can enjoy a fascinating few hours getting to know a side of London that few Londoners, let alone visitors and tourists ever get to see.
Take a walk back into London’s past
Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable guide – who will go out of his way to ensure that you get the most out of your time on the tour – you can delve into London’s past and get a true feel for the many varied aspects of the City’s fascinating history.
Imagine yourself stepping inside buildings that have changed little since Shakespeare visited them in the early years of the 17th century, or following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens through the gas lit thoroughfares of Victorian London.
Picture yourself stalking Jack the Ripper on a tour through the narrow alleyways of the 19th century East End; joining Sherlock Holmes for an atmospheric stroll around the foggy back streets of the Edwardian Metropolis; hunting for the ghosts that haunt tumbledown churchyards; posing as the Beatles on the iconic Abbey Road crossing; or enjoying a drink inside an atmospheric and historic 16th century riverside tavern.
All of these experiences – and many more besides – are possible on Richard Jone’s wide range of entertaining London walks, tours and visits.
Did you know that London was built for walking?
That’s right, her ancient streets, tucked away courtyards, hidden alleyways and historic buildings came into existence long before the advent of cars, buses and taxis.The simple truth is that London was built for walking, and so the best way to explore and truly get to know this captivating and vibrant city is on foot.
It’s how Shakespeare got around, it’s how Dickens got around, and it’s how millions of Londoners got around for almost 2,000 years.
But, more importantly, it’s how the savvy and wised up get around today.
Because they know that walking is by far the best way to get to know the place that the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, recently hailed as “the greatest city on earth”.
By exploring on foot you’re there on the ground, absorbing the atmosphere, taking in the sights and the sounds of the City whilst, at the same time, getting a genuine feel for the 2,000 years of history in which the streets of London are steeped.
You need someone to help you make sense of it all
But, if you’re going to explore London on foot, it’s a good idea to do so in the company of a friendly and professional guide who has the local knowledge and the expertise to break the city’s many and varied neighbourhoods into bite-sized chunks in order to make sense of the urban sprawl that is London.
And that’s where Richard Jones’ London walks come in
Walking tours offer you the perfect way to gain a true appreciation for, and an understanding of,London’s colourful past and vibrant present.
Conducted at a gentle pace, with plenty of stops for you to take in your surroundings, Richard Jones’ London tours offer you an ideal way to get to grips with the vivid history, diversity of cultures, and the modern verve that are the lifeblood of this fantastic city.
You’ll get a real feel for London’s history
On a guided walk you are not separated from London’s past and present by a glass pane or windscreen – as you would be in a car or on a bus tour. A walking tour offers you so much more than a standard sightseeing tour. Indeed, it puts you right in the thick of it so that you get to, not just see London, but also experience it.
Narrow alleyways, that a coach or bus would simply speed past, can become doorways of discovery through which you can uncover hidden gems of bygone London.
Commemorative wall plaques, that you might just catch a brief glimpse of through a bus window, can be your introductions to forgotten residents whose stories will intrigue and engross in equal measure.
A nondescript piece of street furniture, that you might not even notice from a coach, can be your key to unlocking the past, enabling you to connect with the everyday lives of long ago citizens.
A rusting iron gate, that from a coach would look like nothing particularly special, can creak open to reveal an overgrown churchyard in which you can stand by the graves of some of the most famous and colourful figures from London’s past.
This is the London that guided walks help bring to life. The hidden and offbeat places that cars and buses simply cannot get to. The old buildings, ancient thoroughfares and atmospheric alleyways which, once discovered, are seldom forgotten.
It always helps to take a look at something before you decide if it’s for you. That’s why we’ve put together a video that features excerpts from Richard’s walking tours.
The video below features clips from the Dickens and Shakespeare Tour, the Secret City Tour, the walk around Beatles London (you’ll see Richard on the iconic Abbey Road crossing!), the Sherlock Holmes walk, the Jack the Ripper Tour and Richard’s world famous Ghost Walk.
Hopefully the video will give you a feel for the tours and for Richard’s guiding style.
It will also provide you with a peek at the areas that are covered on several of the walks and give you an insight into some of London’s wonderful history.
London might be 2,000 years old but it is a thoroughly modern city in many respects.
The architecture that has sprung up in recent years has created a skyline that is both stunning and memorable.
Galleries, such as Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, have enabled London to rival Paris and New York at the cutting edge of art. Brit pop and Brit film are positively thriving. The Royals – whether getting married, celebrating 60 glorious years, or enjoying a challenging game of billiards(!) – are more popular than ever. London fashion leads the world, whilst the 2012 Olympics have, most certainly, helped put the Great back into Britain.
So Richard’s tours don’t just focus on the history of London, but they also reflect these intriguing and exciting aspects of the modern city, whilst subjects that are slightly outside his comfort zone (he’s no fashionista for example) are ably covered by his fellow Blue Badge Guides who specialise in a particular field.
So, if you really want to get to know London better – and if you want to discover places that many Londoners, let alone visitors, don’t even know about – then join Richard Jones and his colleagues on these enjoyable, highly entertaining London walks and let them introduce you to the past and present of the city that has spent 2,000 years preparing for your visit.
About Your Guide
Richard has been conducting
London Walking Tours since
1982 and has built up an
impressive track record when it
comes to devising and conducting
both educational and entertaining London walks.
A Published Author
He is also a prolific author, with 20 books to his credit, including the international best sellers Walking Haunted London and Haunted Britain and Ireland, plus the critically acclaimed Uncovering Jack the Ripper’s London and Walking Dickensian London.
As Seen On Television
He frequently appears on international television – BBC1, ITV1, Channel 5, The History and Discovery Channels, NBC, Sky1 and Living TV – and his guided walks have been featured in newspapers throughout the world, making him one of London’s best known walking tour guides.
Over 30 Years In Guiding
His skill as a narrator, honed over 30 years and by having given over 12,000 guided tours, will breathe life into the history that surrounds you, whilst his theatrical delivery will almost convince you that you’ve been transported back in time.
A Qualified Blue Badge Guide
Richard is also a fully qualified Blue Badge Tourist Guide, meaning that, following an intensive two year study course, he has passed a series of rigorous practical and written exams and is licensed by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Blue Badge Guides are the only external guides who are allowed to conduct tours inside the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Windsor Castle.
Plan For Your Tour
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